• Jackie Ricciardi

    Staff photojournalist

    Portrait of Jackie Ricciardi

    Jackie Ricciardi is a staff photojournalist at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. She has worked as a staff photographer at newspapers that include the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga., and at Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was twice named New Hampshire Press Photographer of the Year.   Profile

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There are 6 comments on Rite of Passage: The Music Man

  1. Thanks for this piece, Jackie. The pictures are breathtakingly real. I felt like I was right there with the Desoto family. As a higher education professional, this piece is a powerful reminder of where our students come from – and all that they carry with them. As a parent of young children, my heart aches for Sam and his Mrs. Desoto as they say good-bye for now. Beautiful piece.

  2. This is so moving. Jackie did an amazing job of capturing the closeness of this family and this bittersweet transition in life. This is what I hope for and what I dread. Thanks for such an honest and heartfelt piece. As a parent myself, I knew it would make my tear up, but I did not expect to sob like I did. I can’t wait for more! What a talent Jackie has!

  3. Sam, you have a beautiful, loving family. That is why you are so sweet and caring. As you live your life on campus at BU, you will notice, observe your family has prepared you to leave home because they trust You to grow, develope who you are. The gift you have of music is extraordinary and every time you play you will remember your mom, your dad and brothers, your family because by playing your music, it is what there Love for you is all about.

    With my Love,
    Magdalen S. Tumandao-Perez
    Former BU Parent of

    Shari A. Tumandao – May 2014
    BU Staff Member
    Howard Thurman Center

  4. Thanks so much, Jackie, for this amazing piece. Your portrait of our family is spot on. It will be a keepsake for us all. Sam is adjusting to the crazy life of a freshman while I am doing my best to let him. Do still so miss his humming and drumming , rapping, tapping and singing!

    It was wonderful to have you in our home. I look forward to future installments as you examine life at BU through your camera lens!

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